Day At The Track

Impressive Kiwi owned pacer takes Traralgon Cup

02:10 AM 24 Jun 2014 NZST
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Greg Sugars - pictured after Bettor Rock On's impressive win.
Kiwi-bred pacer Bettor Rock On could be a star of the future in trotting after a highly impressive victory in the Traralgon Pacing Cup last Monday afternoon.

Allowed to stride away in the straight after finding the lead early in the event, Bettor Rock On had too much in ability for his rivals and pulled clear to run a fast 1:59.5 mile rate on the rain affected track.

After a short-priced win at Ballarat nine days earlier, Bettor Rock On started at the almost unbackable odds of $1.10 for the win with the TAB in the Traralgon Pacing Cup.

For trainer Ross Sugars and his driver son Greg, it was their first victory in the race. Greg Sugars commented at the post-race presentation that he now has a Traralgon Cup trophy to sit alongside the Warragul Cup he has at home after a win with Johnorama in 2012.

Bettor Rock On won seven races in New Zealand before his owners there elected to send him across the Tasman. There is no doubt that with the professional polish of the Sugars' camp Bettor Rock On should win further races.

His sire Bettors Delight also produced the second placed Cup runner, Baccarat.

Greg Sugars and fellow top driver Chris Alford shared much of the spoils at the Monday meeting, and are locked in a close battle for the Warragul Drivers' Premiership with two meetings remaining in the current racing season.

Sugars won earlier in the program with Dreamtime Spirit in the two-year-old.

Alford also collected a double on Monday, both at long odds. Louisiana Spring and Now And Forever both got under the guard of many punters in their respective events.

Evergreen 14-year-old pacer Mister Douglas won the first race of the day, at start 267. He passed the $250,000 stakemoney milestone in the process.

Racing returns to Warragul on Monday, July 21.

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